It seemed like the day would never come for Canada’s Ontario to actually pass the laws related to cannabis legalization throughout the province, but that day is finally here. Starting on October 17th, 2018 recreational use for marijuana will officially become legalized by the federal government of Ontario. There has been a lot of back-and-forth arguments between political figures and Canadian citizens about how this will affect Ontario as a whole and what laws will be needed to regulate marijuana use. If are unsure about the final decisions and regulations related to recreational cannabis use, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about legalization in Ontario.
What’s the deal with growing? A major question in the weed community is in regards to growing. Now that it is legal, will you be able to grow it yourself? Yes, but there are restrictions on the amount – you are only allowed four plants per household (not per resident). If you want to grow for medical purposes, four plants if often not enough especially if you are juicing your buds or making edibles and marijuana is part of your day-to-day lifestyle. You’ll want to think about obtaining your ACMPR license to grow which allows you to grow a much larger quantity depending on your doctor’s prescription.
Where can I buy and use recreational cannabis? Anyone under the age of 19 will not be able to purchase cannabis at all, so be prepared to show your ID at the dispensary. As far as where you can purchase it, the only legal source for recreational use will be from an online store set up by the government. The Ontario Cannabis Store allows you to purchase about an ounce of recreational weed at once for personal use. The package will be delivered to your doorstep, but keep in mind that you will have to sign for it as well as show identification to prove you are over 19. The government of Ontario is currently working on legislation to set up a sustainable retail model for brick-and-mortar stores. However, these private stores won’t be in effect until April 2019 at the earliest.
If you want to use marijuana in public, here are the things you need to keep in mind. You won’t be able to light up in indoor common places within condos, apartment buildings or university dorms. No use in enclosed public or work places, and absolutely no recreational use will be allowed around children (in schools, daycare facilities, or playgrounds).
Are the rules different for medical and recreational use? Yes, medical cannabis use is subject to different regulations than recreational use. Your best bet for medical use it to obtain your legal grow license from Health Canada. Don’t worry, if you already have a prescription for medical marijuana from a licensed professional, you won’t be affected by the new recreational cannabis legislation.
What are the laws as far as possession and driving under the influence of cannabis? A huge reason the legalization took so long to come into effect was due to arguments about things like possession restrictions and driving laws. Possession over 30 grams in a public area is not permitted. If you are caught driving while under the influence of cannabis, you’ll be subject to immediate license suspension, fines, and potentially a criminal record.